G16 - Salivary cortisol as a tool for monitoring performance in sports

Regina Celia Spadari Chair: Regina Celia Spadari (BRA)- Full Professor at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Director of the Campus Baixada Santista (2011-2015), leader of CNPq research group for the Study of Stress Biology. She investigates several aspects of the stress effects on peripheral systems, mostly the cardiac response to catecholamines and adrenergic signaling. The group also investigates the effects of stress hormones on behavior and on athletes performance. She has published 58 scientific articles, supervised 34 master's degree thesis and 15 PhD thesis. She is a biologist (Paulista State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho, 1974), master in Biological Sciences / Physiology by the State University of Campinas (1978), PhD in Human Physiology by the University of São Paulo (1985) and free docent by the State University of Campinas (1996).

Abstract

Salivary cortisol has been increasingly used as stress biomarker in sports and it is considered as the bad guy, since high cortisol levels are frequently related to bad performance. However, as a catabolic hormone, cortisol plays a key role mobilizing energetic substrates and cortisol levels have proven to be positively correlated with improved performance in some sports modality. So, the relation of cortisol and performance will be discussed and some new evidence will be presented.

Speakers:

Regina Celia Spadari 1. Regina Celia Spadari (BRA) - Full Professor at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Director of the Campus Baixada Santista (2011-2015), leader of CNPq research group for the Study of Stress Biology. She investigates several aspects of the stress effects on peripheral systems, mostly the cardiac response to catecholamines and adrenergic signaling. The group also investigates the effects of stress hormones on behavior and on athletes performance. She has published 58 scientific articles, supervised 34 master's degree thesis and 15 PhD thesis. She is a biologist (Paulista State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho, 1974), master in Biological Sciences / Physiology by the State University of Campinas (1978), PhD in Human Physiology by the University of São Paulo (1985) and free docent by the State University of Campinas (1996).

Title Presentation: High cortisol: is it good or bad?

Marcia C. Garcia 2. Marcia C. Garcia (BRA) - PhD in Physiology at Unicamp and Unifesp, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a researcher and has worked with stress hormones, as cortisol and corticosterone, and with hormones related to the recover, such as testosterone. She has ten years of experience working with salivary cortisol, mostly the sampling and determination methods protocols in basketball, swimming, football, triathlon athletes.

Title Presentation: How to get reliable data of salivary cortisol

Ricardo Luís Fernandes Guerra 3. Ricardo Luis Guerra (BRA) - Graduated in Physical Education and Human Movement (University of São Carlos), master and PhD in Physiological Sciences (Federal University of São Carlos) and in Biochemistry of Nutrition (University of California-Berkeley). Associated Professor  at the Federal University of São Paulo-UNIFESP-Campus Baixada Santista - Brazil, coordinator of the Sports Science Laboratory, advisor in the graduate programs of Education in Health Sciences and Interdisciplinary in Health Sciences. Tutor in the Tutorial Education Program - Physical Education (PET-EF).

Title Presentation: The use of salivary cortisol as a biomarker of competition stress in sport.